Dodgers set to activate Hyun-Jin Ryu from DL for Sunday start in San Diego.

Hyun-Jin Ryu

Hyun-Jin Ryu is 2-0 with a 0.47 ERA in two starts against the Padres this season. (Associated Press photo)

SAN DIEGO >> Dodgers left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu will return from the disabled list Sunday to start against the San Diego Padres, and right-hander Roberto Hernandez will start Monday at Dodger Stadium against the Washington Nationals.

“The only that’s going to change that — (Ryu) is going to do more stuff today running-wise — is if for some reason he would go backwards and they felt that another day would be needed, then we would do that,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.

Ryu was placed on the 15-day disabled list after straining the gluteus medius and piriformis muscles in his right buttock August 13. He threw a bullpen session Tuesday in Arizona and reported no ill effects afterwards.

The left-hander is 13-6 with a 3.28 earned-run average this season.

Ryu’s return would displace Kevin Correia to the bullpen. The right-hander went 2-1 with a 6.43 ERA in three starts after he was acquired from the Minnesota Twins. That’s likely to be the only major impact on the Dodgers’ pitching staff, since rosters can expand past the current 25-man limit on Monday.

Mattingly had a simple reason for lining up Ryu to face the Padres and Hernandez to face the Nationals.

“Ryu’s been really good against San Diego, and Roberto’s been really good against the Nationals,” he said.

In two starts against the Nationals this season, both wins, Hernandez hasn’t allowed a run in 15 ⅓ innings.

In three starts against the Padres this season, Ryu is 2-0 with a 0.47 ERA (19 IP, 1 ER).

Hyun-Jin Ryu on DL; Pedro Baez is up again and Kevin Correia starts Tuesday.

Hyun-Jin Ryu injury

Dodgers head athletic trainer Stan Conte talks to injured starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) as catcher A.J. Ellis looks on at left, in the sixth inning of the Dodgers’ 3-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday. Ryu was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday. (Associated Press photo)

The Dodgers placed Hyun-Jin Ryu on the 15-day disabled list Friday (retroactive to Thursday) after an MRI revealed a Grade 1-2 strain of the gluteus medius and piriformis muscles of his right posterior hip area. These are muscles that help stabilize the hip and leg during the throwing motion.

Ryu, who was walking with a noticeable limp Friday, will be re-evaluated in a few days to determine his progress.

“It’s very unfortunate,” Ryu said through an interpreter. “You feel regret that you didn’t take care of yourself better. You wonder what you could have done.”

There is no official timetable for Ryu’s recovery, but the pitcher said he expects to return before the end of the regular season.

“No doubt about it,” he said.

Kevin Correia will take Ryu’s start Tuesday against the San Diego Padres, and presumably five days later on August 23 against the New York Mets. Correia scattered four hits and one run over six innings in his Dodgers debut Monday in Atlanta. He was acquired from the Minnesota Twins for a player to be named later or cash on August 9.

Ryu is 13-6 with a 3.28 earned-run average in 23 starts for the Dodgers this season.

Pedro Baez will take Correia’s spot in the Dodgers’ bullpen. He was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday to take Ryu’s spot on the active roster.

Hyun-Jin Ryu’s injury could alter Dodgers’ rotation for upcoming homestand.

Hyun-Jin Ryu injury

Dodgers head athletic trainer Stan Conte talks to injured starting pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu (99) as catcher A.J. Ellis looks on at left, in the sixth inning of the Dodgers’ 3-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday. Ryu left the game under his own power. (Associated Press photo)

ATLANTA >> Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was hoping to use an off-day in the schedule on Monday to give his starters an extra day of rest.

Now, the possibility exists that Roberto Hernandez, Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw will all pitch on regular rest in the three-game series against the San Diego Padres beginning Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.

That’s because Hyun-Jin Ryu left last night’s game with a strained right gluteal muscle, putting his next start in jeopardy.

“I don’t feel like his chances are very good of pitching on his turn,” Mattingly said of Ryu. “Let’s say he can’t pitch on his turn, if we’re going to go hypothetically. He may be ready to go next time.”

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Today’s game story, on Kevin Correia’s unexpected excellence.

The game story is here.

The box score is here.

One more postgame note that didn’t quite fit anywhere in the story: One Dodgers player suggested to me that the Twins’ catchers (Kurt Suzuki, Josmil Pinto and Eric Fryer) might have lacked the experience needed to get the most out of Correia during his time in Minnesota. Suzuki is a 30-year-old veteran; Pinto and Fryer are 25 and 28, respectively. Their catchers’ ERA figures correlate inversely to their ages: 4.26, 4.72 and 4.50, respectively. Maybe there’s something to that. Correia certainly was impressed with Ellis’ pitch-calling.

Kevin Correia’s Dodgers debut could come tomorrow.

MILWAUKEE — We didn’t bother asking Dan Haren if he was starting tomorrow in Atlanta. His name was on the sheet. There was no reason to expect otherwise.

Besides, Haren earned it. In his most recent start in Anaheim, he gave up three singles, didn’t walk a batter, and only allowed one run in the Dodgers’ 2-1 win over the Angels on Wednesday. His reward: His next turn in the rotation will be pushed back – at least for one day, it seems — by new Dodger Kevin Correia.

“We talked to (Correia) last night,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “He seemed excited about being here. As I told him, right now we’ll use him as spot starts, coming out of the bullpen kind of filling Paul (Maholm)’s role, having some length but also giving us some insurance at the starter’s spot.”

When might that spot start come up?

“It might come up tomorrow,” Mattingly said. “That would come up quick. If it would come up tomorrow, hypothetically speaking, during this little stretch of all the games in a row to give our guys a little bit of a breather. Making sure we’re not overtaxing Kersh, Greinke. We know Hyun-Jin’s pitched better with that little extra day.”

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Dodgers acquire Kevin Correia from the Minnesota Twins. Update.

Kevin Correia

Kevin Correia, who was traded to the Dodgers on Saturday night, leads the American League in losses with 13. (Getty Images)

The Dodgers acquired right-handed pitcher Kevin Correia from the Minnesota Twins late Saturday in exchange for a player to be named or cash considerations.

The Dodgers are expected to make a corresponding 40-man roster move later tonight.

“Kevin gives us an additional option as a starter or long reliever,” Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said in a statement. “He also supplies us with more veteran pitching depth for the stretch drive.”

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